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The IISD EWS Newsletter
Welcome Back IISD Employees and Staff
Strategies for Successfully Managing Stress
Now that we are back to work, how will you position yourself to have your best year ever? Managing the stress that comes with returning to school, navigating new responsibilities, and caring for yourself and others can seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you manage some popular stressors.
Source: Managing Stress
Stigma as a Barrier
Have you ever found that you talk yourself out of receiving something that could be beneficial? Have you ever let societal pressure make you forfeit self-care due to negative opinions? If you answered “yes” or “maybe,” it may have been because of stigma. When it comes to mental health care, many times people have this stigma that becomes a barrier to receiving treatment. Patrick W. Corrigan a psychological scientist, states “the prejudice and discrimination of mental illness is as disabling as the illness itself. It undermines people attaining their personal goals and dissuades them from pursuing effective treatments.”
Stigma is created by fear, stereotypes, discrimination, and misinformation. Stigma can be found at structural and institutional levels that trickle down to affect individuals. Often, stigma is also linked to cultural and spiritual beliefs about mental health that sometimes influence individuals' core beliefs about treatment modalities.
As the school year starts, pose this question to yourself, “Am I letting stigma be a barrier?” Start the journey (and for some-- continue that journey) of assessing your needs and engaging in self-awareness because this is critical to growth and success.
The Power of Self-Compassion
Unfortunately, the ability to engage in self-criticism is a skill that many have mastered. For some, showing grace and compassion towards others seems second nature, however providing that same courtesy inward can be challenging. Self-compassion doesn’t involve judging self or others, but it creates a sense of self-worth where people can provide themselves with genuine care for their own well-being. The power of self-compassion has the ability to break stigma as well as the fuel to recover from setbacks. Start today to discover ways that self-compassion can be implemented in your day; it can be powerful!
Source: Harvard Business Review
Suicide Prevention Month
Source: Suicide Prevention Lifeline
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized topic. We utilize September to spread hope and important information about the taboo topic of suicide.
Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, culture, or background. Additionally, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. We can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can save a life. Together we can do this!
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Mental and Emotional Support in North Texas
North Texas Behavioral Health Authority
Crisis Management Resources in North Texas
North Texas Counties offer behavioral health services and resources on a sliding scale or no cost. These agencies are on call for crisis management 24/7.
Crisis | Mental Health | Counseling | Psychiatric Services | Medication Management
Dallas County North Texas Behavioral Health Authority Crisis Line
Healthy Skirt Steak Grilled Pineapple Chow
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Relaxation Techniques to Relieve Stress at Work
Pick up your favorite fiction novel, or glossy magazine. Getting lost in another world can provide a welcome distraction from a stressful situation, and return you to a calmer state.
2. MAKE YOURSELF A CUP OF TEA
Step away from your work and make yourself a cup of tea - this could be followed by a tea meditation, or simply having a chat with a coworker who's also on a tea break.
3. FOCUS ON YOUR BREATHING
For most of our day, we don't think about breathing - our body breathes for us. However, we tend to breathe more shallowly when we don't focus on breathing, so a simply focus on the intake of air, holding, and exhaling can bring more oxygen into our bodies, and calm our thoughts.
4. RUN AN ERRAND AWAY FROM YOUR DESK
If you have an errand that involves leaving your usual work space, now may be the time to do it. Taking a letter to the front office, or running a USB stick to another department, can provide a welcome distraction and a change of scenery for a few minutes.
5. MAKE YOUR OWN SELF-CARE PLAN
While you might not be able to sneak away from work to run yourself a bubble bath, creating a self-care plan can give you the tools to get through stressful experiences at work, and reward yourself too.
6. TAKE A WALK AROUND THE BLOCK
If you work in a position where you can leave your workplace during lunch,/break take the opportunity to walk around the block or the building once or twice. Walking - and being active generally - can improve your mood, and boost your mental wellbeing.
Tips for Staying Motivated for Fitness
Fitness is for life
1. SET GOALS
Start with simple and realistic goals and then progress to longer range goals.
2. MAKE IT FUN
Find activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep it interesting.
3. MAKE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
You can slip in physical activity throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park further away from the store. Walk up and down the sidelines while watching the kids play sports. Take a walk during a break at work.
4. PUT IT ON PAPER
Are you hoping to lose weight? Boost your energy? Write down your goals. Seeing the benefits of regular exercise and writing your goals down on paper may help you stay motivated.
5. JOIN FORCES WITH FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS OR OTHERS
You're not in this alone. Work out with your partner or loved ones. You can keep each other accountable.
6. REWARD YOURSELF
After you achieve your daily/weekly/monthly goals, take some time to reward yourself. This can be treating yourself to ice-cream or your favorite restaurant. This type of internal reward can help you make a long-term commitment to regular exercise.
7. BE FLEXIBLE
It is okay to take a day or two off if you are too busy or simply don't feel well. Go easy on yourself if you need a break but stay disciplined.
Take Advantage of Life Changing Benefits Through TRS - Active Health Care Plan
-$0 one-on-one wellness coaching
-Gym membership starting as low as $19/month
-24/7 access to personal health guides
-Nutrition and weight loss programs
-Pregnancy and family planning support
Click BCBS TRS - Active Health Care website to learn more about your wellness benefits!
Employee Assistance Program
*Our Employee Assistance Program's name has changed from Cigna Life Assistance Program to New York Group Benefits Solutions Life Assistance Program. Keep in mind that you are entitled to the same benefits.
Covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield as well as other insurance groups
Jokes of the Month Answers
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